After receiving an MRI on his right elbow on Friday, it was determined that Twins 3B prospect Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. While Tommy John surgery generally isn't as problematic for position players as it is for pitchers(8 months of recovery vs. 12 months for pitchers), Sano will unfortunately still miss the entire 2014 season.
Sano's elbow had been bothering him during his play at Twins AA affiliate New Britian last season. The nagging injury eventually caused him to have to sit out during Winter ball.
He eventually sought the opinion of Birmingham, Alabama surgeon Dr. James Andrews(the same doctor that performed Adrian Peterson's ACL tear, as well as procedures for many other high profile athletes), who suggested that rest and rehab was the right route to take.
Unfortunately Sano's elbow didn't get any better through his rehab, and after aggravating his elbow while trying to make a play in an intrasquad game on Thursday, he was taken for an MRI which confirmed the tear.
Twins President Dave St. Peter took to Twitter to respond to questions from fans, who wondered why surgery wasn't initially chosen for Sano's injury:
Surgery in Nov puts him out for most if not all of '14 season as well RT@FlsPrpht: why do doctors suggest rest, then surgery 3 months later?— Dave St. Peter (@TwinsPrez) March 1, 2014
Sano's surgery has not yet been scheduled.